Why Is Journaling Important?

There are many reasons to do a journal.

It could be to express yourself whether you are angry or upset. Maybe you are happy and want to make a record of the experience. To read at a later time to remember how you felt.

As a writer, it essential to have a journal. To write down interactions amongst people. It gives you a sense of what someone is doing.

Are they mysterious, or do they act confident? What do the people look like? Is there something that stands out to you? Their color of hair, their eyes, or maybe their body build. Could they be doing something that is of interest to you? The way they hold their glasses. Lift their pinky finger while they drink hot tea.

A writer can use all these things when they build their characters.

Maybe one person had an attitude you liked. But, another had the haircut that would fit your character. Or you heard a catchy name.

Not only can it be about people but places as well. Is there a mural you liked you want to add to your scene in your story?

It is much easier to write down all these good ideas than remember them in your head. I don’t know about you, but I have so much going on in my brain. I have learned it is best to write it down.

I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. You never know when inspiration is going to hit you. If you have your journal, then you can capture it into words on paper to transform into a marvelous story for all to hear.

It can even be helpful to write a blog post.

How do you ask?

You might hear a discussion that is worth writing about or needs researching. Then, you realize it wise to share with the world.

Maybe you try a new restaurant or coffee shop you think could be an idea to share. You will need to note down what you liked best about the place. Maybe even the person named that served you.

You could be on the pier to see something unique happen while someone is fishing or boating. It best to write it down while it is fresh in your mind.

A journal doesn’t just have to be about writing. It can be a journal of pictures as well. They can give you a lot of detail to look at to base your story.

You may want a way to keep up with everything you need to do during the day. A journal can be a great way to do this.

As you speak with a client, it can be a great source to document what their feels are, their dreams, and what they hope to accomplish. To make notes, you can read back at the office about each client you visited to know where you stand or what it is you need to check out. Did they have a specific problem?

You can see there are a lot of important reasons to have a journal. I personally love to write down the events that happen in my life, good or bad. So, I can go back to read all the things I have gone through in my life. The ups, the downs, and what I am grateful to have.

You can use a notebook, or you can even journal on your phone or computer. It all works.

Have you ever found a family member’s journal? Then sat down and read it to learn so much about their life you would never have known if you hadn’t read the book.

If you don’t journal, I encourage you to try. You might like it.

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A Dream Chopper

Yes, my husband William has a chance to win a custom made motorcycle by Orange County Choppers. It is a once in a lifetime deal. Should he win, he will be flown out to Orange County Choppers to meet with Paul Sr.

Plus, if William is lucky enough to win. He will be featured on the cover of Cycle Source Magazine.

William has never had the opportunity to have a new motorcycle. Not to mention a bike of his dreams. Through the years, he had bikes passed down to him.

Our budget is tight. There is no room to buy a large purchase, like a motorcycle of William dreams. This is one way to make it happen. We just need your help.

Where would he ride?

Glad you asked. A long ride from Southeast Texas to South Dakota Bike Rally. Yes, it would be an adventure, one that would be well worth it. Plus, he would ride everywhere around town.

All we need you to do is vote for William today—the voting beings at 2 p.m. EST. October 26, 2020.

Please go to the link below. Sign up and vote to make Williams dream come true.

https://dreamchopper.com/2020/william-c-carnahan

Thank you in advance for your vote.

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Isaac Bashevis Singer Writer

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Welcome, as you know, if you have been following my post, I am celebrating Polish-American month with a post about some of their writers.

The last one I choose for this month is Isaac, born in Leoncin, Congress Poland, Russian Empire, as Icek Hersz Zynger on November 21, 1902. A few years later, he moved with his family to Radzymin. Though his birth date had been quoted July 14, 1904, it was most likely made up to avoid the draft.

The family moved in 1907 to the Court of Rabbi of Radzymin. A year later, the Yeshiva building burned down, so the family moved to a flat in Warsaw. There were hard times for him as his father served as a rabbi. His father often being called to serve as judge, arbitrator, religious authority, and spiritual leader for the Jewish Community.

World War I

Due to the hardship of the war, the family had to split up. Isaac moved with his mother and younger brother Moshe to her hometown of Bilgoraj. It wasn’t until his father became the village rabbi again in 1921 that Isaac returned to Warsaw. Where he entered into the Tachkemoni Rabbinical Seminary. It didn’t take long for him to realize that neither the school nor the profession suited him.

Isaac returned to Bilgoraj, where he worked to give lessons in Hebrew. Unfortunately, this didn’t pan out. He ended up going back to his parent’s considered himself a failure.

In 1923 his older brother Israel arranged for Isaac to move to Warsaw to work as a proofreader for the Jewish Literarische Bleter. Israel was the editor.

United States

He moved to the United States in 1935, four years before the Nazi invasion, fearful of the growing threat in Germany. Isaac left behind his common-law first wife, Runia Pontsch, and son Israel Zamir. They emigrated to Moscow, then Palestine. He met up with them again in twenty years later in 1955.

Settled in New York City, he found work as a journalist for The Jewish Daily Forward, a Yiddish language newspaper.

He used his mother’s name as his pen name Bashevis Singer (Bathsheba’s Singer). Both his older brother Israel Joshua Singer and sister Esther Kreitman also became writers.

Isaac met Alma Wassermann nee Haimann, a German-Jewish refugee from Munich in 1938. Two years later, they married. Their union seemed to rejuvenate his energy. He returned to prolific writing. He also used the pen name Warszawski during World War II.

Talented Isaac won the National Jewish Book Award for The Human Season in 1963. The Itzik Manger Prize in 1973,

After several years’ things started to be bleak for Isaac, he wrote the book Lost in America in 1974, written in Yiddish. It wasn’t until 1981 that it had been published in English. He won the National Book Award (United States), 1974.

It was 1978, when Isaac won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Many years later, in 1981, Isaac delivered a commencement at the University of Albany and was presented with an honorary doctorate.

Written 18 novels, 14 children’s books and a number of memoirs, essays and articles. Isaac is best known as a writer of short stories, which have been published.

While Isaac visited Surfside, Florida, he had a series of strokes that led to his death on July 24, 1991. Buried a Cedar Park Cemetery in Emerson, New Jersey.

To honor this man, a street in Surfside, Florida, has been given his name. As well as a city square in Lublin, Poland. The University of Miami had also done a full academic scholarship for undergraduate students in his honor.

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The Virus That Won’t Quit

Yes, I am talking about the Covid-19 Virus. It looks like it is ramping up its ugly head in our area.

Several schools have temporarily closed to be disinfected due to confirmed cases of someone with Covid-19 in the school.

Students will now be taught virtually from home. While the schools remain closed.

The affected people will remain in quartine for 14 days. Once cleared the will be allowed to return to school.

The schools will reopen after they have been cleaned.

With this news, it is a constant reminder that this virus is still out there.

If we continue to be mindful of wash our hands. Wear our mask. And disinfect often. Will the number of flu cases drop this year?

Well, even I don’t know the answer to that question. We will have to wait and see.

I pray that those who have been confirmed will make a full recovery. While the others will remain safe.

Try to live your life as normal as possible in these unique times.

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How To Handle a Bad Review.

As a writer, it is inevitable at some point in your writing career. You will receive a bad review.

What you do with the knowledge of that review can be detrimental to your writing career.

You can choose to ignore the review. Or you can take it with a grain of salt to learn from what the person disagreed. Are they right in their assumption?

I got a bad review. It hit me hard, for it was the same weekend we buried my Mother-in-Law. I didn’t do anything for a whole month. Then I reread the review. I realized it wasn’t as bad as I took it.

Yes, I checked out what she told me that was the biggest problem. I looked into my book, and sure enough, she was correct. Right away, I got to work to correct the problem.

Now, I have grown as a writer. The next book I edit will be with the knowledge I have learned from that bad review. A personal thank you to Amy for being truthful with your review.

It is essential to look at such reviews. Not all reviews will be justified because of it being their personal opinion. Those you still might even want to read to see what the reader is looking for to read. You might be able to incorporate a little into your storyline, which could give you another fan. Then again, it might be a lost cause.

Until you have several books under your belt, it could be in your favor to read your reviews. It might make all the difference in your career. However, it is not the easiest thing to do. So you will have to get yourself in the right mindset, so you don’t get too down that you throw in the towel—something you don’t want to do.

May you succeed in all you write.

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Are You Prepared For NaNoWriMo?

Oh no! There are only two weeks left to prepare for NaNoWriMo. Don’t sweat yet. It can be a challenge to write 50,000 words.

Yes, I won my first NaNoWriMo last year. Now, I remember I was so scared that I wrote all day long for two days straight. I finished the rough draft of my book. Plus, I had won NaNoWriMo.

Believe me when I say, I was so burnt out I didn’t write again until the next year. So, I don’t recommend doing it that way. Yes, I was excited to win. But, my writing suffered because I had even written a blog post.

When it comes to writing my books, I am a panster. The only real planning I do is I will think of ideas for each chapter as to how I want the story to develop.

Usually, I start with twelve chapters to do the layout: three scenes, four chapters per sense. The beginning of the story. Next is the point of no return/the suck it up deal with it process. Whether you have to learn something new or fear, you have to conquer to make it happen. Then the last stage is the climax of the story.

As I think of each idea, I put one per chapter. Then I develop the scene around that specific idea. If by chance, I make a chapter two long, then I will break it into two chapters.

Now, this may not work for you. Everyone is different. I have tried to make an extended, drawn-out plan. However, I ended up changing the story went in a totally different direction. Of course, it was a better idea. But then I thought of all the time I wasted by doing all the planning. So, I know for me, it is best to create an idea for each chapter.

Are you brave enough to take on this challenge? If so, I wish you well. The key is to decide what days you are going to write. Then, figure out how many words you need to do each of those days to reach your goal.

I hope to hear your story of how your NaNoWriMo went. Happy waiting.

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A Good Meal On A Cool Night.

When the weather turns cooler, it is always nice to have something to warm one’s insides.

These hearty meal has been made for generations. Plus, it will be made for many more. It is one of my favorite meals, not only to cook but to eat as well.

Have you figured it out yet?

Yes, it is the Beef Stew. I love the vegetables along with the chunks of meat that cook together, making a wonderful flavor.

Ingredients

  1. 3 Pounds Stew Meat
  2. 1 Onion chopped
  3. 4 Carrots Chopped
  4. 4 Potatoes Chopped
  5. 3 Tablespoon Flour
  6. 4 Tablespoons Oil
  7. Dash Cajun Seasoning
  8. Dash Oregano
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Dash Pepper
  11. Garlic
  12. Meat Tenderizer

Directions


1. The first thing you want to do is add two tablespoons of oil to the pan and brown the meat. Once all sides of the beef are brown, I take out of the pan, place in a bowl set aside.

2. Then add the other two tablespoons of oil. Mix in the three tablespoons of flour one at a time. Add your spices to make your rue. Add cold water until your desired thickness.

3. Add in chopped onion, meat, chopped carrots, and beef.

4. Simmer on low until vegetables become tender, roughly about an hour.

I serve with hot biscuits or crackers.  But, you can serve it with whatever you like. Or you can eat by itself.

I hope you enjoy eating these recipes like this one this fall.

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It’s A Brand New Year!

Well, it is the start of a brand new year. Did you make your list of resolutions?

You know the list that usually contains half of the year before for the sheer fact that they didn’t get completed. No Worries I’ll just add it to next year’s list; maybe they’ll get done.

Yeah, you know what I mean, are you right there with me?

I always have good intentions at the beginning of the year, but as the year goes on, things happen, and the list goes by the wayside.

So this year, I am going to set goals some short term ones as well as some long term ones, giving myself reasonable deadlines for each of them. That way if something does happen, I can still pull off getting things accomplished.

Some of my short term goals are:

  • Planning out the year’s blog posts.
  • Planning out the release of my books.
  • Starting a side job for extra money.
  • Getting organized, I want things to make it easier to store items within our Travel Trailer.
  • Keep at the weight loss that I have been accomplishing. (No, I am not dieting that is the worst. I am just eating smaller portions and being more active.)
  • Plan out first months meals. (This is something new I have started and it’s a pain to do but I find it much easier to have it scheduled so that when I am extremely busy with writing, teaching, granddaughter and just everyday life, it a lot easier. Plus it makes for a great way to keep the shopping at the grocery store to a minimum so we don’t go crazily over our budget.

Some of my long term goals are:

  • Writing each post than making sure that they are posted to different platforms.
  • Getting the covers for each book, having them edited, plus marketing them before their release date as well as afterward.
  • Make a savings plan for hickups as well as Holiday funds.
  • Figure out how to save/plan for a vacation this year.
  • Pay off my hubby’s truck.
  • Buy another vehicle for me.
  • Locate some land to buy.

I am the type of person that does better under pressure, so by setting time-limits to finish each goal, it puts pressure on me to make sure I achieve them.

If you have a game plan that you use to stick to your goals, I would love to hear about them? Leave them in the comments below.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Eve

Well, the end of the year has arrived.

I usually take this time to reflex on all the things that have happened within the year. Good as well as bad; it can be astounding to realize some of the things that you endured within a year.

Another thing I like to look at is the accomplishments I have achieved, plus the ones that I didn’t get completed. That way, I can figure out what went wrong so that I can be able to conquer them within the new year.

Once I do all that, then I get ready to celebrate the evening to bring in the New Year. Where I stay in with family, which is what I do this day in age. When I was younger, I would go out, but only if it was in driving distance or if I could get a cab. This is the worst night for driving, so please, if you are driving, be careful. Party hardy!

If you have any particular things that you do at the end of the year, would love to hear about them? Leave me a comment.

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving week is here, I love to bake at this time of the year. The smell of all the wonderful aroma from them delicious little goodies. I try to make plenty of goodies for us to snack on for the whole week, like pies and cookies.  Now, the only thing left is the main meal, which will be done on actual day of Thanksgiving.

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Do you take this time of year to reflect on all the things that you are grateful for? I have been thinking about all that I am grateful for:

  • Family and Friends. Rosco my dog is like one of my kids. I am sure your pet is a part of your family.
  • To live another day, to be able to write.
  • How God has guided me in my life, to allow me to finish my book in the most difficult of times. Also, the guidance of finding the right Editor, Nita Robinson-Ammon at NitaHelpingHand and my Book Covers Designer, Andrea Fodor at CReya-tive. Plus, the knowledge that I have inquired on this journey.
  • To all my followers for being here, as I embark on this journey of writing.

I hope that you all have a blessed safe holiday! Don’t go far.